Historic Covington Reviews
"Hollywood of the South", "City of Beautiful Homes", and part of the "Antebellum Trail" Apr 07, 2010
Imagine my surprise when I set about writing a description of my adopted town and found out it has not only a description, but a blog and a review!
Covington, Georgia is a delightful, small, historic town 35 miles east of Atlanta. As Atlanta has grown, Covington has become the latest in a series of bedroom communities to the east. Most of my neighbors endure the long commute (during rush hour) into the city daily. I only go in on occasion to enjoy Atlanta's many charms, but I digress, this review is about Covington.
With a current population of almost 15,000, Covington is an interesting mix of old, rural Georgia with all its good & bad, and new, suburban Georgia with its associated good & bad. Since 1988, the Downtown Covington development group has done an excellent job managing the expansion of the town, while maintaining its charm. A number of big box stores & industries have entered the area, bringing jobs, yet the number of family owned shops in the Downtown Historic District is also growing.
Covington attracts weekend visitors from Atlanta, searching for antiques, country charm, and a taste of history.
X-Drive has provided an excellent review of the antebellum mansions on Floyd Street, one of my favorite spots to take guests ~ check it out at: http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/29698/Historic-Covington-76.
This historic residential area and the Historic Downtown Square are the focal points of any visit to Covington.
The beautiful Square is centered around a green, park center with a Confederate Statue and more recently a Veterans Statue. It is the site of weekend events like the Classic Car Show, a parade of General Lee cars, Christmas Tree lightings, parades and other small town celebrations. In the next month, it will be the site of the annual Cheerio's Challenge, a 10k run, sponsored by the local General Mills plant.
Everyday entertainment includes a number of cute shops & restaurants, including Mayfield Hardware - an eclectic store where one can buy paint & screws as well as high end clothing, children's toys, and other designer items www.mayfieldhardware.net/;
Scoops - a high end ice cream parlor & goodies shop www.scoopssweettreats.com;
Amici's - an excellent Italian restaurant and bar;
Brendales - a high end women's clothing store and salon;
the Church Street Antiques Market - with hundreds of unique gifts & antiques;
and much much more.
Right around the corner from the historic Newton County Courthouse is A Touch of Country - a remarkably unique store that is a combination soda fountain, antique store and museum. The small museum in the back of the premises highlights some of the films & TV shows that have led to Covington being called The Hollywood of the South - In the Heat of the Night and The Dukes of Hazzard. Other movies & shows that have been set in Covington include My Cousin Vinny, A Family that Preys, Halloween II, and currently The Vampire Diaries.
After your day of sightseeing and antiquing, head over to Turner Lake Recreation Complex - 3 miles West of the Square - to stroll on the miles of trails that circle the Lake, view the waterfowl, and smell the pine.
Then when you've had your fill of yesteryear and laid back country, head back to the buzz of Hotlanta.
For more Atlanta happenings, see: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-GA/Atlanta-Destinations-Travel-Examiner/114278561922890?ref=sgm
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Historic District May 03, 2008
Originally begun in 1822 this small community has continued to prosper. Along the Main Street area and historical district are carefully restored manor homes, churches, parks and the downtown Square. Still the center of the community, The Square is often host to festive social events such as outdoor luncheon concerts. In 1988 Covington was awarded the designation of a Georgia "Main Street" city due to the community's dedication to the preservation of its 19th century structures. The walking or driving tour covers an area about a mile long from the square along Floyd Street. There were 49 homes, buildings, and attractions listed on the map and brochure which is available from the Chamberâ€™s welcome center and it showed and explained very nicely the historic significance of each one. Covington, because of its many historic and well preserved or restored buildings is a frequent film location. We very much enjoyed taking this tour.
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